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Silent Weapons is a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel by David Mack published by Pocket Books in 2012. It is the eighth novel in the post-Nemesis TNG Continuity, published under the banner of The Next Generation and centers around political intrigues on Orion.

Publisher's description

From the back cover

The second book in a new trilogy by the national bestselling author of Star Trek: Destiny!


Three years after the disastrous final Borg Invasion, a bitter cold war against the Typhon Pact has pushed Starfleet's resources to the breaking point. Now the rise of a dangerous new technology threatens to destroy the Federation from within.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise crew answer a distress call, only to become targets in a deadly game of deception. To protect a vital diplomatic mission, they must find a way to identify the spies hiding in their midst, before it's too late.

But Worf soon realizes the crew's every move has been predicted: Someone is using them as pawns. And the closer they get to exposing their enemy, the deeper they spiral into its trap....


A Federation patrol vessel detects unauthorized activity on Tirana III: the SS Basirico is on the surface, excavating something. When they order the Basirico to stand down from their activities, the patrol vessel is attacked and destroyed by an unknown vessel.

Data is on Orion, continuing his search for Emil Vaslovik. However, when a Soong-type android is detected trying to break into the Bank of Orion and Data's Starfleet Intelligence contact is murdered, Data is taken into custody by Starfleet and held at the Federation Embassy.

The USS Enterprise-E is investigating the disappearance of the patrol vessel when they receive a distress call from Data and travel to Orion. There, they quickly learn the reason for the heightened security they find in-system: President Nanietta Bacco is on the planet, conducting secret talks with the Gorn.

In fact, however, the Gorn are acting under instructions from the Breen to prolong the talks. Esperanza Piñiero is murdered and replaced with one of the Breen's Soong-type androids, who then fires on both Federation and Gorn personnel at a diplomatic function. Geordi La Forge manages to capture the android and examination by the Enterprise crew reveals it has not been fitted with a positronic brain but a telepresence system allowing the Breen to control it telepathically. With this evidence, Data is released.

Concerned that the Breen seem willing to sacrifice his people, Gorn Imperator Sozzerozs informs Bacco of the duplicitous nature of the talks. The remaining Breen androids attack the bank where the delegates are located, but the Breen's supervisor prevents them firing a fatal shot and Data manages to destroy them both.

The Enterprise follows the control signal to a planet inside Federation space and discovers the Breen operators dead. Starfleet begins tracking down the active but unprogrammed androids located in their space, but the Enterprise crew realise this is a diversion: The new ship movements have left a clear passage between Tirana III, where the patrol vessel was destroyed, and Breen space.

At Tirana III, the Enterprise discovers the Basirico excavating a vessel capable of generating artificial wormholes which crashed there after crossing from another reality. A Breen ship tries to get the Basirico away without revealing its true allegiance, but Captain Jean-Luc Picard opens fire, destroying the Basirico and the crashed ship, and forces the Breen to leave empty-handed. The Breen Domo, Brex, is deposed and replaced by Pran, while the Gorn secretly continue talks with the Federation.

The business concluded, Data continues his search and locates his mother Juliana Tainer, only to be informed that Vaslovik has been abducted.



Enterprise-E personnel

AndersAbby BalidemajHailan CasmirT'Ryssa ChenCorinne ClipetBeverly CrusherRavel DyganDina ElfikiJoanna FaurTamala HarstadGeordi La ForgeCyriaque LamarJean-Luc PicardRene Jacques Robert Francois PicardIlana ReichertJill RosadoSalAneta ŠmrhováTaurikTroppth'VerrohGary WeinribWorf
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Jasminder ChoudhuryHaversHegol DenNewitzJames TalendaTaro KatínTaro Trinell

Federation government and Starfleet personnel

Boaden AcklesNanietta BaccoMarta BatanidesMorgan BatesonDataCort EnarenSophie FawkesTreg mor GlovKarithalAlan KistlerKohl Chamiroth'NeylohPeshtal-AzdaEsperanza PiñieroSafranskiSinkonnenHilar TohmSteven WexlerZsestoz
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Leonard James AkaarKittoJames T. KirkAlynna NechayevOr-TalRa-ghoratreiiWilliam T. RikerDeanna TroiT'VosTzasiz




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BodellCísolKeilo EssanIdinaJarek (Major)JasserAkili KamarGell KamemorSiro KinshalRamil LandarTesitera LevatKal PollusJuliana Tainer
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B-4Louis BlanchardJack CrusherWesley CrusherArthur Conan DoyleKellerasana zh'FailaKivas FajoDixon HillSherlock HolmesKahlessK'mtokLoreMartokNolonNolonEdgar Allan PoeQWilliam ShakespeareShinzonNoonien SoongEmil Vaslovik, aka Ahkarin, Johannes Brahms, Flint, Leonardo da VinciJohn Watson


Alpha QuadrantAzeban VBreen (Ansirranana) • Cestus III (Two Rivers) • Komatsu sectorKorwatLinnavhavaOrion (Orion capital cityKinarvonSieelek Medical CenterSahalax Grand Oasis) • Pi-3 OrionisPyrithiaPyrithia IVRomulus (Hall of State, Ki Baratan) • TiranaTirana IITirana IIITirana IV
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AndorAzure NebulaBa'kuBeta AurealisBetazedBriar PatchCardassia PrimeDeep Space 9Earth (LaBarre, FrancePalais de la Concorde, ParisOstrava, CzechoslovakiaOxford University) • GornarImperial Star ResortKora IIMangalaPike CityRamatisSalavatSkarbow IIITezwaTyberius PrimeVulcan

Starships and vehicles

ArcheusUSS Atlas (Sovereign-class) • SS Basirico (Mardiff-class) • USS Enterprise-EhovercarMlotek (Breen warship) • ShiKahr (Memory Omega starship) • Sirriam (interceptor)
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USS BozemanUSS CallistoUSS Enterprise-DHastur-zolis (Gorn battle cruiser) • USS NoguraUSS OsirisUSS Roanoke (runabout) • Romulan warbirdScimitarUSS StargazerUSS Starling

Races and cultures

AndorianArgelianBajoranBetazoidBolianBreen (FenrisalPaclu) • CardassianDenobulanEfrosianGornGrazeriteHuman (Immortal) • KlingonMiradornOrionRigelianRomulanSelaySoong-type androidTellariteThallonianTrillVulcan
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States and organizations

Bank of BolarusBank of OrionBreen ConfederacyBreen Intelligence DirectorateCardassian UnionConfederate CongressCriminal Investigation DivisionFederation CouncilFederation Security AgencyFerengi AllianceFerenginar Credit ExchangeFederation Embassy on OrionFederation Security ServiceFellowship of Artificial IntelligencesFesarian FederationGorn HegemonyGorn Imperial GuardGorn Imperial SenateJudge Advocate GeneralKlingon EmpireNizoraOfficer Exchange ProgramOrion Colonial PoliceOrion ColoniesPacifica UnitedProtection DetailRoyal BetazedRuling Conclave of the Tholian AssemblySpecial Research DivisionSpetzkarStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet IntelligenceStarfleet MedicalTal ShiarThotaruTyphon PactTzenkethi CoalitionUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technology

androidartificial wormholechronometercloaking devicecommunicatordisruptorforce fieldhologramimpulse driveimpulse engineisolinear chippaddphaserpositronic matrixquantum transmitterreplicatorsensorsshieldsslipstream drivesubspace communicationtelepresence drone shipsthrustertranspondertricorderturboliftwarp core

Ranks and titles

admiralagentambassadorassistant chief medical officerAutarch of the Tzenkethi CoalitioncaptainchairmanChancellor of the High Council of the Klingon Empirechief engineerchief medical officerchotcommandantcommandercommunications officercounselordirectordoctorDomo of the Breen ConfederacyEmperor of the Klingon EmpireensignFederation CouncillorFederation Secretary of the Exteriorfirst officergithglinngovernorImperator of the Gorn Hegemonylieutenantlieutenant commanderMajestymajornizorNumber onePraetor of the Romulan Star EmpirePresident of the United Federation of PlanetsPresidential Chief of Staffsecond officersecurity chiefsiktathotXOwazirZulta-osol

Other references

23rd century24th century23662372airlockArgus ArrayBerengarian raptorBorg Invasion of 2381Breen Standardbridgecitycreditdistress signalDNADominion Warengineeringfrère Jacquesfútbolgas giantGeneral Order 24glengetGreat Bird of the GalaxyhailHappy Bottom Riding ClubhumanoidKhitomer ConferenceKoziol-zellosmetaphasic radiationminingmoonOperation Zelazoorbitplanetpokerranksaktosalvageshuttlesickbaysoccersohiistarbasestarshipterlothalaron radiationtransporter roomTreaty of Antosviolinwarp speed

Food and drink

Arcturian bittersasparaguschickencoffeeDelovian nectarhoneyJack Daniel'skanarmaple syrupoolong teaorroyoparsnipprune juiceSaurian brandySaurian Slammertequilawine

Materials and substances

aluminiumbioreactive acidboridiumcorveliteduraniumgallicitegoldkelbonitekytheriummalachitemarblemercurymolecular acidmonotaniumnickelnoraniumthermocretethoriumtransparent aluminumtricobalttritanium


Background information

  • The German translation of the novel was released by Cross Cult in 2015. It was translated by Wibke Sawatzki.

Related stories

Star Trek: Cold Equations
The Persistence of MemorySilent WeaponsThe Body Electric
Star Trek: The Next Generation novels set after Star Trek Nemesis
Death in WinterResistanceQ & ABefore DishonorGreater Than the SumLosing the PeaceIndistinguishable from MagicCold Equations (The Persistence of MemorySilent WeaponsThe Body Electric) • The Stuff of DreamsThe Light FantasticTakedownArmageddon's ArrowHeadlong FlightHearts and MindsAvailable LightCollateral Damage


This novel is set in March and June of 2384. It begins four years and four months after the final TNG movie: Star Trek Nemesis.

published order
Previous novel:
The Persistence of Memory
TNG novels
Next novel:
The Body Electric
Previous novel:
The Persistence of Memory
Novels by:
David Mack
Next novel:
The Body Electric
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Persistence of Memory
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
The Body Electric
Chapters 1-3, epilogue

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